Synod 2021-2023

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“Synodality is the way of
being the Church today
according to the will of God
in a dynamic of discerning
and listening together
to the voice of the Holy Spirit.”

Pope Francis


3 ways to participate in the Synod

    1. Parish or Group reflections

    Most people will participate in the Synod within their parish or in a small group such as a school, the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Women's League, a Bible study, etc. Each parish is expected to plan group conversations about the Synod themes. Some resources have been developed to assist withthis process. To connect with a Parish or Group consultation, contact your local parish.

    2. Kitchen and Coffee consultations

    In our society, many people find it difficult to talk about faith in public. This can make it difficult to join a Parish or Group consultation but it might be more comfortable to have a conversation around the kitchen table or in a coffee shop. The Kitchen and Coffee conversation resource has been developed to assist with these conversations. This could be a good conversation at work, in the pub, or with your hockey team. Download the resource here and begin your own conversation.

    3. Individual reflections

    So that nobody gets left out, we have also provided a process for sending your personal reflections. Use the Main Question for Consultation, spend some time in reflection, prepare your responses, and then use the Individual response form on this website.


Harmed by the church? Feeling betrayed, abandoned, or abused?
Do you want to take part in the Synod but can't approach a parish? If you would like to share in a safe way with a victim's advocate, please contact Victim Services Advocacy at [email protected] or the Archbishop’s Delegate at 306-400-3655 or [email protected].


Timeline of Synod 2021-2023

Oct. 4, 2021: Archbishop Donald Bolen invites all the faithful to participate in the Synod

Oct. 9-10, 2021: Opening of the Synodal Process in Rome. Pope Francis inaugurates the Synod during a solemn Mass.

Oct. 17, 2021: Archbishop Donald Bolen launches the diocesan phase of the Synod during Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina. Around the world, bishops launch the synod in their dioceses.

Oct. 27 and Oct. 30, 2021: Training sessions offered for leaders of parish and group consultations

Nov. 24, 2021, 7pm -- Synod FAQ workshop: A session for pastors, parish leaders, and all those leading consultations on the Synod.

Feb. 2, 2022, 7pm -- Synod Check-in: A session for parish and group leaders.

May 9, 2022 (new date): Deadline for submissions from all parishes, groups, and individuals

May 28, 2022: Walking Together at the Archdiocesan Synod Gathering
Save the date for the upcoming Archdiocesan Synod Gathering. As the diocesan phase of the Synod comes to a conclusion, everyone is invited to join in an historic first-ever gathering of the whole people of God in our diocese. Saturday, May 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at Resurrection Parish, 3155 Windsor Park Rd, Regina. Come join in the final discussions and revisions of our diocesan report on the Synod before we send it on towards the Synod of Bishops in 2023. Everyone is welcome. All parishes and groups should be represented. Plan now to be part of this time of reflection and prayer together with your archbishop.

June 17, 2022: Diocesan synthesis text due at the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops. The ACWB and other regional assemblies (Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada) will each produce a regional synthesis for incorporation into a national synthesis document prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Aug. 15, 2022 (new date): The national synthesis document, incorporating input from every diocese in Canada, will be sent to Rome.

Sept. 2022: 1st draft of the Instrumentum Laboris (the working document of the Synod) to be released by General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

until Mar. 2023: Continental assemblies in Africa, Oceania, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and North America

June 2023: 2nd draft of the Instrumentum Laboris to be released

Oct. 2023: Synod of Bishops gathers in Rome, produces Final Document

2024: Pope Francis issues an apostolic exhortation on synodality

2024 and continuing: Dioceses around the world begin to implement the recommendations of the Synod

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